Breathe easy, Knicks fans: Porzingis breaks social media silence in relation to Fizdale hire

Fizdale bringing Ntilikina, Mudiay, and Dotson on bonding trip to Cavs-Celtics game

Fizdale, whose stated goal is to establish “great relationships” with his players, will bring along two of his young point guards in Ntilikina [as first reported by], Emmanuel Mudiay and their 2017 second-round pick, shooting guard Damyean Dotson, on a trip to Beantown.

via Marc Berman, New York Post

The idea behind attending the game is to show [the young players] what it is to play “in the Eastern Conference Finals,” the source said.

via Adam Zagoria,

Fizdale holds first workout; Beasley works out in same facility

Frank Ntilikina, Emmanuel Mudiay, Trey Burke, Troy Williams, Damyean Dotson and Isaiah Hicks all participated in a group workout in front of new Knicks coach David Fizdale earlier this week, per a league source. Also in the gym that day? Michael Beasley, who will be a free agent this summer. Beasley, per a source, was just working out at the facility and didn’t participate in the group workout. It’s not unusual for players in New York to work out at the team facility but it’s noteworthy in this case because the Knicks have a new coach.

via Ian Begley, ESPN

Fizdale to conduct first workout with Knicks on Monday

Ntilikina, 19, flew in from France on Sunday after spending the past 5 ½ weeks in his homeland. According to an NBA source, Fizdale will conduct his first informal workout with players Monday as the Knicks three young point guards — Ntilikina, Emmanuel Mudiay and Trey Burke — will be on hand.

Also on hand will be Damyean Dotson, their 2017 second-round pick, and Troy Williams, who played for Fizdale in Memphis.

via Marc Berman, New York Post

Bob McAdoo says Fizdale got a raw deal in Memphis

McAdoo senses Knicks president Steve Mills knows Fizdale got a raw deal.

“That’s why he got the Knicks job,’’ McAdoo said. “You got to run the ship the way you see fit. You can’t have a player running the whole situation or the other players aren’t going to respect you when they see that.

“It’s unfortunate,’’ McAdoo added. “He had a good year, made the playoffs, and to get rid of him that quick?”

via Marc Berman, New York Post

Fizdale meets with Porzingis’ agent (brother)

Knicks head coach David Fizdale took the first step toward building — and in many ways repairing — a relationship with Kristaps Porzingis by meeting with the All-Star forward’s agent Janis Porzingis, the Daily News has learned.

According to a Knicks source, Fizdale and Janis, Kristaps’ older brother, met in Manhattan on Friday after Fizdale returned from the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago.

The meeting was said to be productive and it is believed that Fizdale and Porzingis discussed Fizdale’s infamous falling out with Marc Gasol, which led to Fizdale being fired as Memphis Grizzlies head coach last November.

via Frank Isola, New York Daily News

Pat Delany another candidate for assistant coach job

Fizdale’s meeting with Kanter

Asked what he got out of the Kanter pow-wow, Fizdale said, “That he’s awesome. He’s a great guy. He’s a family guy. He really cares about his family. He’s a man of character, he stands for things. He loves to play. He loves to work out. He could have been fooling me, but he seemed excited and like he’s really looking forward to this fresh start. The guy’s a heck of a player, and he fits the toughness part of what we’re talking about.”

via Marc Berman, New York Post

Ntilikina will return to U.S. for Summer League (and meet Fizdale)

Two weeks ago, his French League team, Strasbourg, retired his No. 22 jersey in a ceremony. Not bad for a guy turning 20 in July and who played just two seasons there.

After a rookie season was met with mixed reviews, Ntilikina will make his return to the U.S. on May 21 and finally meet Fizdale. Ntilikina will play July’s summer league in Las Vegas and remain in New York the rest of the offseason, according to a source.

via Marc Berman, New York Post

Get to know Nick Van Exel

It has been reported by Stefan Bondy that Van Exel will join Fizdale’s staff as an assistant coach.

Everyone knows Nick Van Exel the player, what about as a coach?

  • Head Coaching experience in G-League for Texas Legends (2015-16)
  • Played in Golden State when Fizdale was an assistant (2003-04)
  • Assistant coach to Fizdale in Memphis (2016-17)

Maxwell Ogden has an excellent write-up on Van Exel and how he could help the Knicks

Van Exel: “With [Fizdale], he coached me at Golden State. We had a pretty good relationship there. We’ve always kept in touch. Any time I would be in Atlanta, as a player, we spoke. Even as a coach, we spoke. Even when he went to Miami, we kept in contact and went out to eat a few times here and there. One thing I know about Coach Fizz is, he’s a winner. He’s been with Miami for a while, but he has a passion and a drive. I think he has a vision – a clear vision on what he wants to get done with these guys here. I like his vision.”


Knicks talked to LeBron James’ agent about Fizdale

Knicks president Steve Mills and GM Scott Perry […] reach[ed] out to Rich Paul, [LeBron] James’ longtime agent and childhood friend from Akron, according to an NBA source.

Paul, the source said, gave Knicks brass the lowdown on Fizdale’s methods. Paul also represents Ben McLemore, a small forward whom Fizdale signed to play for Memphis last summer. However, Fizdale, 43, got fired during McLemore’s first season there.

Interestingly, Paul will also represent Miles Bridges, the Michigan State small forward the Knicks will consider if they stick at No. 9 in next month’s NBA draft.

via Marc Berman, New York Post

Steve Serby Q&A with David Fizdale

Read a detailed Q&A with David Fizdale on the pains of growing up in South Central, leaders he admires, his favorite movies, and some basketball stuff:

Q: How do you motivate?
A: I’ll do a lot of crazy stuff, too (laugh). I do a lot of different stuff. I try a lot of different ploys. I use videos, I use speakers, I’ll use props (laugh). I try to motivate even when it’s not a game day, and do things for the guys and with the guys from a team-building standpoint that gives them encouragement.

Q: The defensive disposition you will demand from your team?
A: […] For whatever we lack in star power right now or in experience, we can surely make it up in being disruptive and tough and disciplined and vocal. Being the loudest, best-communicating team, that can be a talent in itself. That’s something we can take care of now, we don’t have to wait for that. […]

via Steve Serby, New York Post

“How’s it Goink?” Revisited, pace and space in the post-Phil era Knicks


By Ty Jordan at The Knicks Wall

Former team president, Phil Jackson, publicly embarrassed himself three years ago with a typo tweet criticizing the soon-to-be champion Golden State Warriors.

Now, the Knicks can correct themselves with a revamped offense under new head coach David Fizdale.

Read more at The Knicks Wall

An in-depth look at David Fizdale’s time with the Grizzlies

If you want to understand the statistics that define David Fizdale’s style of play in Memphis, and watch some accompanying film clips, check out this piece by Drew Steele.

Fizdale may have the ultimate respect from players such LeBron James and Dwyane Wade and coaches such as Erik Spoelstra; these type of connections go a long way in this business. No matter how many connections you may have, if you’re not able to both get through to your players and have the X’s-and-O’s knowledge to put your players in the best positions to succeed, your tenure as an NBA head coach is going to be short.

via Drew Steele, Posting and Toasting